John Inglis (moderator)

Very Rev. John Inglis DD (1762–1834) was a Scottish minister of the Church of Scotland. He served as minister of Greyfriars Kirk and was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1804.[1]


He was born in 1762 the youngest son of Mary Bryce and her husband, Rev Harry Inglis of Forteviot.

He studied theology at the University of Edinburgh and was licensed to preach in September 1785. He found a patron and was ordained in Tibbermore church in July 1786. In October 1799 he was translated to Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh. In 1804 the University granted him an honorary doctorate (DD) and later that same year he was elected Moderator of the General Assembly.[2] He was then living at 5 Nicolson Street, a short distance from the church.[3]

In 1810 he was made Dean of the Chapel Royal serving George IV. By 1820 he had moved to 43 George Square.[4]

In 1824 he instigated the Committee on Foreign Missions within the Church of Scotland.[2]

He died on 2 January 1834. He is buried in New Calton Burial Ground in a vault half way along the northern boundary wall.

His role as Dean of the Chapel Royal was filled by Rev Dr Stevenson McGill who later also served as Moderator.[5]


In 1798 he was married to Maria Moxham Passmore (1786-1864). Their youngest son was John Inglis, Lord Glencorse.


  • Evidences of Christianity
  • Treatise in Defence of Ecclesiastical Establishments


  1. "Moderators of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland genealogy project". geni_family_tree. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  2. "John Inglis, Min. of Old Greyfriars, Edinburgh". geni_family_tree. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  3. Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1804
  4. Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1820
  5. The Gentleman's Magazine and Monthly Register vol 5
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